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“Decolonization” climate change measures begin in Europe

European minority-based communities have been hit hardest by the climate crisis, says the European Network Against Racism.

According to a report released by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), a European coalition of NGOs campaigning against discrimination, communities with ethnic minority backgrounds in Europe have been hit hardest by the climate crisis.

Monday’s report on the link between climate justice and racism denies access to employment, income, a healthy and safe living environment, and decision-making for racist communities. It is shown through some case studies. It encourages policy makers to deal with structural inequality rooted in “neocolonial capitalism.”

A rich country Responsible person With more than 70% of past emissions, poor countries in the North and Global South are most affected by the global climate crisis, with less resources to adapt and dodge the worst.

But according to ENAR, environmental and climate justice needs to be addressed within Europe as well.

“It is well documented that the pandemic has exacerbated existing racial inequality. Racialized communities are at the forefront of the climate crisis here in Europe and in our neighborhood. It’s time to admit that, “said Karen Taylor, chair of the ENAR Board of Directors.

Guadeloupe and Kepone on Martinique

The two overseas French territories, Guadeloupe and Martinique, are the islands of the Antilles, which were colonized by France in the 17th century.

The case study focuses on the use of chlordecon, a toxic pesticide in banana plantations in these two regions, approved by then-Minister of Agriculture Jacques Chirac from 1973 to 1993.

Kepone can remain in organisms and soil for decades after use, and studies have shown that it is found in more than 90% of the population of the two islands. While the incidence of prostate cancer in Guadeloupe and Martinique is much higher than the world average, there is evidence that it contributes to preterm birth.

The majority of French immigrant communities living near incinerators

Another case study emphasized concerns about the immigrant community in the French metropolitan area and the likelihood of living near dangerous locations such as waste management facilities and incinerators. These are likely to be located in low-income towns and suburbs with a large immigrant population.

According to a 2014 survey, for every 1% increase in foreign-born inhabitants, the likelihood of an incinerator nearby in a French town increased by nearly 30%. The suburbs of Paris suffer from higher levels of air pollution due to the highways and major intersections there.

Warming climates can trap pollutants in the lower atmosphere and exacerbate the effects of air pollution on respiratory health.

Roma community in Patarat landfill, Romania

The Roma community, which lives near the illegal Patalata landfill on the edge of Cluj-Napoca, Romania’s second largest city, is a Roma community that lives near hazardous waste sites such as Miel Kreachuk in Romania and Podgorica in Montenegro. This is just one example.

The Patalata community has been kicked out of other sites several times since the 1970s. Waste from all over Europe ends up in such landfills. After China closed its waste imports three years ago, Romania is increasingly closing the gap despite poor waste management records.

European climate refugees

UN refugee agencies expect more climate-related evacuation in the coming years. While most evacuation is internal, the influx of climate refugees can increase in Europe, and border policies are increasingly aimed at securitization and externalization. The European border security market is expected to grow by 15% annually.

People evacuated due to the climate crisis are not officially recognized as refugees under international law. Climate refugees continue to be at risk of becoming undocumented or exploited workers, although many countries allow other forms of protection, such as for humanitarian reasons.

Source: TRT World

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